SPECIAL AGENT MAN by Steve Moore

SPECIAL AGENT MAN

My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper

KIRKUS REVIEW

Conversational memoir of the author’s career in the FBI.

Moore is candid about his personal flaws and shortcomings, but most of the book is a love letter to a dangerous career and an agency filled with colleagues he admired. His assignments included counterterrorism, especially after 9/11; operator of a SWAT team that conducted surprise raids; sniper with the highest sharpshooter status; and pilot of FBI aircraft. Despite the dramatic-sounding assignments, Moore emphasizes that a career in the FBI does not involve around-the-clock adventuring; bureaucratic routine is part of the mix. Early in his career, he received a posting to the FBI office in Salt Lake City, an outpost where excitement and even normality sometimes seemed lacking. His first substantial assignment took Moore to rural Idaho, where he was keeping watch on members of a white-supremacist group known for violence. The author does not hide his mistakes due to inexperience and openly admits how fear nearly overcame him at certain moments. As he became more experienced, fear rarely entered his mind; he became an adrenaline junkie. Welcome interludes explore how Moore's career occasionally meshed well with family life, but more often kept him away from his wife and children. The section on how Moore met and romanced the woman he would marry is especially poignant and well-written, while some of the sections about pursuing criminals are less compelling because they contain too much barely relevant detail. When Moore steps back from spinning narratives about tracking specific criminals, he offers fascinating insights.

An unpretentious account of a proud career in service to public safety.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-914090-70-0
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Chicago Review
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2012




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